Borderlands funding for the Maltings

The Board and staff of the Maltings (Berwick) Trust including Berwick Visual Arts are all delighted that funding for a new multi-million pound arts venue for Berwick has been confirmed after the signing of the government’s Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. The new building will replace our existing main venue on Eastern Lane in the centre of Berwick - sensitively capitalising on the site’s heritage location and panoramic views across the 17th century old Berwick Bridge and the Tweed Estuary.  

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Råneå/Sweden & Berwick/England - Digital Exchange Residency

We are delighted to announce a new digital exchange residency between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Råneå in North Sweden in partnership with Resurscentrum för konst in Norbotten and Swedish Lapland Air.

Artists Morag Eaton from Berwick-upon-Tweed and Mats Wikström from Råneå will spend time learning about each other’s artistic practice and the creative communities they are part of within their respective rural localities and think about new ways of working the could benefit local cultural production.

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Gender, arts and farming

Here Berwick Visual Arts and Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy and Institute for Creative Arts Practice artist in residence Joanne Coates has been exploring reasons for gender bias in agriculture as part of her residency. Although the Covid-19 lockdown has put a pause on some of her work, here she highlights how feminism and women’s leadership are viewed in farming and further afield.

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Farmer Izzy by Joanne Coates

Katie Davies: The Lawes of the Marches (2015)

Katie Davies: The Lawes of the Marches (2015)

Single Screen 16 minutes

In 2015 artist in residence with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival  Katie Davies spent six months filming hundreds of personal stories of participants involved in the Common Ridings, all along the border of England and Scotland.

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Granary Gallery Re-opening from 8 August

We are delighted to announce that the Granary Gallery will be re-opening from 8-23  August with another opportunity to view Yvonne Parr’s exhibition ‘Heaven, Hell and Earth’. 

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Joanne Coates (January - October 2020)

Arts organisation Berwick Visual Arts have announced Joanne Coates as their new artist in residence, in partnership with Newcastle University.

Documentary storyteller and photographer Joanne Coates will investigate the challenges and barriers faced by women in agriculture.

Her residency, with Berwick Visual Arts in partnership with Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy and Institute for Creative Arts Practice, will explore how artists and academics can collaborate to inform and develop new approaches to rural research. It also will facilitate the exchange and sharing of knowledge between artists and researchers at Newcastle University to inform critical responses to the rural issues.

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Gemma Burditt - The impact of Brexit on rural communities

In 2016-2017 I was artist in residence with Berwick Visuals Arts and the Centre for Rural Economy and am delighted to be working with them both again on a research project exploring the impact of Brexit on rural communities. In this project I will explore how Brexit will shape the the future of land use, focusing on greener practices in energy production, agriculture and tourism. 

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Gemma Burditt - The impact of Brexit on rural communities - part two.

Moving image artist Gemma Burditt is currently working with Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) to look at how leaving the EU will affect rural communities in Northumberland and updates on her research to date.

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View from St. Oswalds Church by Gemma Burditt

Lucy Clout (April - Sep 2018)

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Art Festival are delighted to announce London-based artist Lucy Clout as the Berwick Moving Image Artist in Residence for 2018.

Lucy Clout uses video to explore themes of loneliness, intimacy and kinship, which are plotted and recreated using technology and pop culture. Her works reproduce disposable or insignificant speech and longwinded expressions of indeterminate desire to examine embodiment, longing and historically gendered performance.

 

 

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G Â S T (October 2017 - April 2018)

We are pleased to announce G Â S T as our new artists in residence in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University
 
G Â S T are visual artists Laura Mahony and Dale Fearnley and their practice uses found photography and objects, sculpture, performance, print and time based media, to survey folklore, myth and its curious relation to site. 
 
Recent works have included ‘Beacons’ (2017) a temporal landscape intervention made in partnership with The Woodland Trust, which celebrated the uncovering of a secret fire control bunker on the site and ‘Old Town New Town,’ (2016) undertaken with the University of Lincoln, which explored the third wave of ‘New Town’ model planning through the Media Archive for Central England. 

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Charlotte Prodger (Apr to Sep 2017)

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Art Festival are pleased to announce Glasgow based artist Charlotte Prodger as their new artist in residence.

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BRIDGIT, video still, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Gemma Burditt: The Art of Milk (Oct 2016 - March 2017)

Gemma Burditt, an animation director and illustrator of short films and music videos is our new artist in residence in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University.

Gemma’s work examines human stories and how individuals negotiate their personal journeys through changes in the wider context, changes in political situations or conflict in personal truth versus societal expectations. 

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Lucy Parker (May - September 2016)

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Art Festival are pleased to announce Lucy Parker as their new artist in residence.

Lucy Parker’s research led practice adopts collaborative filmmaking methods when making work with a community. She is interested in ways that social networks give agency to individuals and how film can have a social impact in its production and screening.

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Sander Van Raemdonck (Nov 2015 - Apr 2016)

Berwick Visual Arts and the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University are pleased to announce Sander Van Raemdonck as their third joint artist in residence. 
 

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Paul Rooney (Apr - Sep 2015)

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Art Festival are pleased to announce Paul Rooney as their second artist in residence.

Paul Rooney creates sound, video and text works that focus on the instabilities and deceptions of language and narrative, particularly in relation to how they represent 'place' and the historical memory that haunts it.

Currently based in Liverpool, Paul studied at Edinburgh College of Art. From 1998 to 2000 he released three music albums as the band ‘Rooney’, featuring in John Peel’s Festive Fifty as well as recording a session for the show. Since then he has continued to make sounds, videos and texts with recent solo exhibitions at the Liverpool Biennial, Outpost Norwich and screenings at the ICA and Whitechapel Gallery in London.

 

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Piotr Piasta (Oct 2014 - Apr 2015)

Berwick Visual Arts and the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) at Newcastle University are pleased to announce Piotr Piasta as their second artist in residence.

Piotr Piasta is a visual artist, independent filmmaker and a photographer who currently lives and works in the Wieniawa district of Poland.

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Katie Davies (Mar - Sep 2014)

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Art Festival are pleased to announce Katie Davies as their second artist in residence.

Bristol based Katie Davies is a video artist who explores the politics of spectatorship, her installations valuing what is invisible and experiential, over a definitive image or document of time. Her recent projects include 38th Parallel, working with the UN Armistice Commission and United States Forces in Korea to research and film within the Korean Demilitarized Zone and The Separation Line, an installation portrait of the British repatriation ceremonies that transformed Royal Wootton Basset in 2011, working alongside The Royal British Legion and Wootton Basset Town Council.

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Stephanie Misa (Jul 2013 - Feb 2014)

Berwick Visual Arts is pleased to announce Filipino born, Austrian based artist Stephanie Misa as its second artist in residence in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University. The residency provides the opportunity for an artist working in any discipline to explore to explore current rural issues, changing concepts of rurality or rural identities whilst living and working in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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Stephanie Misa

Cecilia Stenbom (Jan - Jul 2013)

Cecilia Stenbom was Berwick Visual Arts  first artist in residence, in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. The residency provided the opportunity for an artist working with moving image to respond to Berwick and produce new work to be premiered during the 9th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival  in 2013.

 

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Cecilia Stenbom